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Visitors brave the heat to make a bigger Day 2

MORE than 215,000 visitors entered the site of World Expo 2010 on its second opening day yesterday, exceeding Saturday's total 207,700, despite a scorching sun that brought the temperature to nearly 30 degrees Celsius.

Visitors dressed in short sleeves and opened their umbrellas while waiting in front of popular pavilions.

The elevated pedestrian ways sprayed mists of water to cool visitors at 10am. Some bench areas at the Puxi site also have spraying systems.

China Pavilion became the real hottest place, as the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau measured the outside temperature there at 30 degrees at noon.

However, crowds with reserved tickets still waited at the entrance of the pavilion. All reserved tickets to the pavilion - 30,000 yesterday - went in 20 minutes.

The daily high temperature will approach 30 degrees for another two days, the China Meteorological Administration said.

A medical station at Zone C, run by the Shanghai's Changhai Hospital, received 20 visitors suffering from sunstroke by 4pm yesterday.

Doctors at the stations suggested that seniors and children not queue for popular pavilions and avoid walking under sunshine during hot weather. Visitors should also drink more water while visiting the Expo.

Visitors can ask for sun creams at the five medical stations around the Expo site. The stations run from 8am to 12am every day.

Many pavilions opened their waiting areas to visitors at noon.

The grassland of the Switzerland Pavilion in the Zone C became the most popular place. Its facade, a wire netting that can absorb solar energy, blocked the sunlight effectively.

The State Grid Pavilion at Zone D in Puxi, which has a suspended cubic theater over its waiting area, also became a popular venue.


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